Apples to Apples: The Value of a RFP Process for PAC Services

A Request for Proposal (RFP) is an invitation for vendors to submit a proposal to provide a specific product or service. It is intended to provide the supplier with the necessary information needed to submit a definitive approach to delivery of some or all of your program functions for your political committee. Generally, these functions include marketing and fundraising, compliance, technology, event management or other critical components of your program.

A bidding process is one of the best methods for leveraging your organization’s negotiating ability and purchasing power with vendors and consultants. The RFP is the most important and widely used document in the proposal stage of that process regarding outsourcing. The ultimate objective of the RFP process is for you to ensure you are getting the most value for the services and products you are seeking to outsource.

Numerous RFP best practices have been identified by surveys, studies and practical experience of outsourcing parties. Here are some to consider.

Trey Richardson is managing partner of Sagac Public Affairs, a national company providing communications, research, fundraising and management solutions to hundreds of political, non-profit and corporate organizations. Sagac is the leader in the political community for strategy and implementation of political action committee finance operations.

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